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Luxury resort and lodge operator, Peppers, has a new jewel in the crown of destinations across Australia. But get the images of beaches, sun and sand out of your head since this property is located in the ski fields of Victoria, just about a five hour drive from Melbourne.
The Australian brand of luxury boutique lodges and accommodation has opened their first ski destination in their portfolio. Originally acquired from a family-run business, Rundells Apline Lodge, was originally built in 1904, but rebuilt after a fire in 1990. The end result is a lodge fit for the Swiss Alps.
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Our resident celebrity hotel hopper, Josh Flagg is about to invade your living rooms again when the fifth season of Million Dollar Listing premieres on Bravo on June 6. But life isn't all "house" work for Josh. As soon as filming finished, he packed up and resumed his whirlwind travels. Here's what he thought of the Montage Deer Valley.
Back in March, I had the pleasure of staying at the Montage Deer Valley. It was one of the best ski-in, ski-out hotels I have ever stayed at.
Not only does the hotel have it's own in-house pooch, Monty (short for Montage) and heated outdoor swimming pool, but they also have a firepit blazing everyday from 4 to 5pm a fire pit where all the rich people get together and make s'mores. It's the only place I know where people paying $700 a night for a room get together to roast marshmallows!
The hotel also features it's own bowling alley (see the photo below.) Needless to say, this is a must-stay for a winter getaway.
You can read more on the Montage's indoor bowling alley and Daly's Pub right here!
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Many parts of the U.S. are having mild winters but that doesn't mean it's hotel pool weather everywhere. Up in the snowy mountains of Alberta, Canada, you can swim all winter long--even if it's minus 40 outside.
We were skeptical when we first spotted this outdoor pool at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge last week. It is heated, of course, but look at those mountains! And the snow surrounding the pool edge!
Lucky for us, it wasn't minus 40 as it has been recently in Jasper, but the temp was still hovering in the mid-30s. Of course, curiosity got the better of us and we dragged ourselves out of our snow boots and parka and into a swimsuit.
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While it's possible to find passable skiing conditions any time of year, depending on location, it's winter time that ski aficionados spend the year anticipating with zeal. Europe, with its bounty of snowy climes, is home to some of the world's best and most exclusive ski chalets—locations that provide near perfect powdery conditions for "woosh-wooshing" downhill.
We've sussed out some of the continent's most luxurious ski hotels for this feature; they're places you can kick back with spiked hot cocoa if you so choose, yet still get you up close and personal with slopeside action. Take note, Jonny Moseley-types.
Drive six hours north of LA and you'll find Mammoth Lakes, a destination for both skiers and hot spring soakers. Surrounded by mountains on all sides (Mammoth Mountain and the Sherwin Range), the scenic town is worthy of a few postcards, to say the least. But in terms of hotels? Only the Westin Monache Resort had managed to create a presence here. But that's all set to change now.
According to a new press release, the Handmade Hotel Mammoth View will be a 5.5 acre, eco-friendly project consisting of 54 hotel rooms, 28 eco residence cabins, and 24 eco residence lofts. What's more, the entire property will be heated using natural groundwater from below. That's right: underground water pumped to the surface to warm your very hotel room!
Presidents Day may have come and gone, but ski season is far from over, at least out west. Telluride, for example, has more than five feet on the ground—and two hotels are offering 50 percent off a second room to encourage group ski trips.
First up, the Hotel Madeline, the former Capella Telluride property that was handed over to West Paces Hotel Group earlier this season. (Service, at least per TripAdvisor, hasn't suffered.) The 84 guest rooms start at $250 a night, and a second room is free if you book at least two nights. Split the cost over a foursome, and you're looking at 50 percent off.
The deal also extends to the Inn at Lost Creek, a 32-suite boutique next door, where rooms have fireplaces, kitchens, balconies, jetted tubs and washer/dryers. Again, the second room is free when you book at least two nights. The "Spring Ski Fling" offer is good for stays through June 1.
[Photo: Inn at Lost Creek/Facebook]
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Lake Tahoe last week, from the Hyatt Regency
The ultimate ski weekend of the year is almost upon us, with Presidents' Day fast approaching on February 21. And while the slopes are almost always packed—and some hotels we checked are already fully booked—we managed to find a few deals still floating around.
Ski.com reports that Park City, Utah's Courchevel, part of Deer Valley, has rooms discounted from the usual $325 to $260 when you book at least four nights. The Best Western Landmark Inn in Park City has rooms for the weekend for under $200 with a non-refundable internet booking rate. And Park City Crash Pads, an achingly hip management company that's putting hotel-style branding on area rentals, has rooms for as low as $109 a night.
The Golden Eagle Resort in Stowe, Vermont has rooms for $199 over the holiday. Killington's Greenbrier Inn has rooms for $156 a night while the Snowed Inn (ha) is at $192 a night for the long weekend.
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It takes a lot for us to get excited by a new hotel brand, after all they seem to be a dime a dozen these days and most of them have no real opening or development plans behind them. (CitiStay, anyone?) But when you have a clever name, we're all ears. And when you have a clever name that involves snow, mygod, double rainbow!
Today we got an announcement about a new brand of ski hotels called...wait for it...SNOTELS. We're in love already.
Snotels describes themselves as a "mid-range hotel brand focused on creating experiences, freedom and altitude for hotel owners and alpine enthusiasts." Hotel owners who opt to franchise the Snotels brand will be called...snoteliers.
The brand is being launched by Michael Metcalfe, a former snowboard instructor and resort executive who always had a tough time finding quality mid-range hotels when traveling to ski mountains across Europe, North America and Australasia.
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It may be hard to think about planning a ski vacation now when we've still got to get through Festivus, Kwanzaa, Christmas and New Year's Eve but just in case someone gifts you with a snowboard or a new pair of ski goggles, we thought it best to compile a quick list of Ski Hotels to consider for the 2011 ski season.
Now, this isn't the end-all, be-all list of Ski Hotels for the season. We'll be highlighting more and more all over the world as we head into January. But for now, we picked these ones because they they are very new to the slopes (some just opened last week!) and also because they have that all-important ski-in, ski-out access.
1. MONTAGE DEER VALLEY: This luxury hotel in Park City just opened last week at the Deer Valley Ski Resort and while the joint is sold-out in January during the Sundance Festival, it's still open for powder-seeking missions in February.
Getting to the Slopes: The Montage is located directly adjacent to three of Deer Valley's high-speed chairlifts and also has a 7,000 sq. ft. Compass Sports shop and complimentary ski valet service.
Respite from the Slopes: Standard rooms start at a generous 600sq.ft. with separate sitting areas, gas fireplaces, 42" LCD TVs, private balconies or patios, deep soaking tubs in the bath and heated floors. Once you step off the slopes you can step into the Spa Montage which features 35,000sq.ft. of treatment rooms, a 25-meter spa lap pool, a trio of hot tubs and indoor/outdoor pools.
Socializing after the Slopes: The hotel also has two restaurants on-site (upscale dining but in a casual atmosphere), a Buzz coffee shop and the Daly's Pub and Rec, a modern gastro pub which is where we imagine we'd spend most of our time.
Room Rates: A hefty $675 a night for a standard room but look for special packages like the Montage Memories rate that includes valet parking and daily breakfast.
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Lookie here! A hotel that opened earlier than expected!
Rates are still very high at $695 a night for this weekend but we've noticed this rate is a special Montage Memories rate which aside from a room includes breakfast daily for two (a $50 credit) and nightly valet parking. Not keen on making Montage Memories? You can opt for the regular rate of $675 a night but that would be foolish as the Memories rate is a better deal.
And yes, the hotel is still sold-out for Sundance.
If the extent of your ski experience has been nursing a glass of brandy by the fire in the lodge, it may be time for some schoolin'. But that doesn't have to mean paying through the nose for ski lessons. The Limelight Lodge in Aspen prides itself on providing affordable luxury, and this winter it's introducing a ski/ride service that falls somewhere between private lessons and throwing yourself at the mercy of the mountain.
The Inside Tracks program--which kicks off on January 3 and runs until April 1--gives guests complimentary guided tours around Aspen/Snowmass's four mountains. While there is no instruction element of the tour, three pros will be on hand to offer tips and assistance as necessary. (We hope that includes picking us up when we tumble head over skis.)
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Yes! The chances of Santa Claus bringing ski bunnies a Very Four Seasons Vail Christmas are looking very good indeed, now we've learned that the Vail Four Seasons is now taking reservations from December 11.
Standard rates for a garden-view room start at $375 a night, according to the hotel's website, and there is also a Bed and Breakfast rate from $415 a night.